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Student dies as school gate collapses in Khagrachhari

Student dies as school gate collapses in Khagrachhari

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A pre-primary student of Khabangporiya Government Primary School in Khagrachhari died after the main gate of the school fell on him on Wednesday.

The deceased was Srabon Dewan, 6, son of Pronoy Dewan of Narayan Khaiya Para under Khagrachhari Sadar upazila.

Witnesses said the iron gate of the school fell on Srabon while he was entering the school premises with his mother.

Locals rushed Srabon to Khagrachari District Sadar Hospital where the on-duty doctors declared him dead upon arrival.

Ripol Bappy Chakma, resident physician of the hospital, said Srabon died due to head injuries.

Gobinda Chandra Ray, assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Sadar Police Station, said that the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) had completed the construction of the school’s main gate a year ago.

“As the gate turned vulnerable within a short time, it was kept standing with the help of wooden pillar. The school authorities didn’t take any steps to repair  the gate. The gate collapsed due to faulty construction ,” said the ASI.

Contacted, Jhinu Chakma, principal of the school, didn’t agree to talk over the matter.

“The body of the deceased will be handed over to his family after an autopsy. Steps will also be taken against those responsible for the accident,” said Md Arifur Rahman, Officer In-charge (OC) of Khagrachhari Sadar Police Station.